Faculty of Science

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

36 points, SCA Band 2, 0.750 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Biological Sciences


Dr Damian Dowling



  • Full year 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester to First semester 2016 (Day)


Students undertake a supervised research project. Students will present the results of their research project in a seminar. Candidates may commence the honours year at the beginning of either first or second semester. Further information is available from the course coordinators and at a meeting held with prospective students during second semester of third year.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Apply a critical and analytical approach to scientific research;

  1. Demonstrate skills in experimental design and in specialised techniques for laboratory and/or fieldwork in biological sciences;

  1. Demonstrate skills in writing reports of scientific experiments and in searching the scientific literature;

  1. Demonstrate skills in oral communication of scientific information;

  1. Statistically analyse and present biological data;

  1. Understand OHSE regulations, including hazardous and dangerous materials and risk assessments.


Written literature review: 7%
Research project with written report on the results: 86%
Seminar based on research project 7%

Chief examiner(s)


BIO3011 or any level three GEN unit, or by permission of the Head of School